Federal prosecutors have granted immunity to David Pecker, who is the CEO of American Media Inc and has become part of the investigation into Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
Cohen has admitted to working closely with Pecker and his publications to keep the stories of Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal out of the public eye. Cohen made an effort to silence the two women, who both “allegedly” had sexual encounters with Trump.
Keep in mind that the American Media Inc is the publisher of the National Enquirer, and it was reportedly involved in a payoff of several adult film stars, including adult film star Daniels and former Playboy model McDougal. Daniels was paid $130,000 from Cohen’s company and was later reimbursed by Trump. McDougal’s hush money amounted to $150,000, and Cohen reportedly brokered it. Dylan Howard, the content officer of American Media Inc, has also been indicted by the prosecutors but “won’t be criminally charged in the Cohen investigation.”
Details of the immunity are not immediately known, but it has been reported that Pecker had given prosecutors details about the President’s knowledge of payments as hush money. The immunity deal could hold great significance for Trump, as Pecker could have as much damaging information about Trump as anyone who is close to him. Trump and Pecker have been friends since the 1990s, and have remained friends since Trump took over the Oval Office. Pecker was, in fact, invited to the White House immediately after Trump won.
Pecker also used media holdings to shield Trump when he was a New York City developer and reality television star. Pecker’s publications historically would purchase stories about Trump’s cheating and extramarital affairs, then bury them to make sure that they weren’t made public. The publication also defended Trump as a potential presidential candidate, including a reported effort during the 2016 election to stifle McDougal’s allegations before it adversely affected Trump.
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